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Item details

Name of item: House
Other name/s: Torness
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Duplex
Primary address: 56 Carabella Street, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
56 Carabella StreetKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A fine example of a Federation period pair of semi-detached Federation Filigree style houses and one of the best examples in Kirribilli. The house is set prominently above the street with an elaborately detailed verandah.
A fine example of a Federation period pair of semi-detached houses and one of the best examples in Kirribilli. Typical of the turn of the century development in the area at the upper end of the market.

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Physical description: A two storey semi-detached painted brick house with a hipped terracotta tile roof with decorated cappings and finials. Elaborate two storey timber verandah with turned timber post, timber balustrade and quadrant brackets. Side entry with verandah set on timber brackets. Flemish bond brickwork. Timber casement windows with decorative leadlight sidelights.
The house is set high above the street with an undercroft. The sites slopes to the rear. Garden to the front with steps to the street and sandstone retaining wall topped with a timber paling fence with a stone lych gate.
o This building is designed in the Federation Filigree style.

One of a pair of Federation two-storey semi-detached houses (Nos. 56 & 58 Carabella Street), of brick on stone foundation with Marseilles tile roof. Elaborate timber verandah with turned posts and slatted railing.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Very good
Minor Alteration
Modifications and dates: The service areas and rear of buildings have been modernised in the late 1970's.
Further information: Has a very elaborately detailed verandah


Historical notes: Built in 1900 as near city townhouses, they have been used as such since construction. Restored in the 1970s, they remain in excellent condition.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. (none)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
High local significance
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
High local significance
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
SHR Criteria f)
Rare aesthetically locally
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative locally. This item is assessed as aesthetically representative statewide. This item is assessed as socially representative locally.
Integrity/Intactness: High sympathetic, brickwork has been painted.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I019802 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930012Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB 17/3/92 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180012

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